Police Shut Down de Maisonneuve After Window Breaks in the MB Building
A glass panel on the outside of Concordia’s MB Building and six windows in the EV Building were broken on Nov. 17.
The damage was caused by what police are calling “projectiles thrown with the intention to cause mischief.” No one was hurt and no suspects have been found so far.
The glass panel was located outside the 13th and 14th floors of the MB, facing de Maisonneuve. The broken glass forced police to close the section of de Maisonneuve Boulevard between Guy and Pierce Streets for several hours while a crew of workers hustled to replace the broken glass.
The six windows on the EV were also in the upper floors facing the laneway behind the EV and the GM. The exact locations of the windows were not disclosed by the administration.
Despite confirming that no objects were found at either scene, the police believe that the breaking of the windows were acts of vandalism.
The damage, however, was only on the exterior of the buildings.
“Even if someone had been standing right by the window, they wouldn’t have gotten hurt,” said Service de Police de la Ville de Montréal Constable Olivier Lapointe.
Lapointe said that the projectiles could even have been dispatched by an air gun, and that the investigation is still ongoing. “It’s possible that we’ll check for surveillance camera footage,” said Lapointe. “But it was a minor crime […] the windows were just cracked [and] there were no injuries, no arrests.”
Concordia’s Director of Media Relations Chris Mota said that the administration does not have any information on the correlation of the two events and that they do not believe they are linked.
Mota also said that a CTV report, which suggested that the windows broke because of facility deficiencies, was erroneous as no evidence was found to support this claim or link to the events.
This article originally appeared in The Link Volume 31, Issue 15, published November 23, 2010.
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